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I don’t see success as the goal. Obedience is the goal.
– Jerry B. Jenkins
While writing my first 90 books, I was magazine editor, publisher, book publisher, executive, etc., so I was established in publishing. three of my seven or so books were biographies of sports stars and really opened doors for me in that area.
There is a comfort zone of knowing where things are going and having characters in place, but the action gets more and more dramatic and is very challenging to describe.
The theater of the mind is impossible to compete with, and I like the idea that with a few suggestions, each reader forms in his or her own mind what a character or a place looks like.
In my opinion, Jesus is God’s attempt to reach man. But while I believe Jesus is the way to God, it makes no sense to hate people who disagree.
I put off writing the first Left Behind book for a year because I got invited to assist Billy Graham in his memoirs, and had we known what we were putting off for a year, we might not have put it off.
Ironically, in today’s marketplace successful nonfiction has to be unbelievable, while successful fiction must be believable.
When I was a junior camp counselor and it was my job to tell the campers a bedtime story or devotional, I would tell them a rapture story.
Books that do a tenth of what Left Behind has done are smashing successes.
Good fiction must be entertaining, but what makes fiction special – and True – is that the realness of a novel allows it to carry a larger message.
He just kind of talks them through, and then I get the fun part cause I get to make up the stories.
I’ve written enough books with real celebrities, such as Walter Payton and Hank Aaron and Billy Graham, to know that fame looks good only to people who don’t have it.
Fiction has a unique role in conveying Truth. In fact, only fiction that is Truth with a capital T is worthwhile.
As for dialogue, I think it keeps things moving to cut to the chase.
Funny, I don’t feel any more powerful today than yesterday.
Broken relationships are a source of heavy heartbreak that seem to affect every family.
I was raised in a Christian home and, in fact, my mother led me to Christ as a youngster.
I fear it’s because religion is man’s attempt to reach God, and when he feels he has succeeded, he cannot abide anyone else’s claim to have done the same.
Writers write. Dreamers talk about it.
When you come to Christ as a real young person, I think when you become a teen-ager either you rebel or you search, doubt, and wonder.
I love inventing worlds and characters and settings and scenarios.
Left Behind takes what to some people may be unbelievable predictions from the Bible and shows how they might play out. It makes the events of biblical prophecy understandable and thus believable.
In the prequel we’re going to tell about the characters before Left Behind, and the book would end with the rapture instead of start with the rapture like the first one did.
I was raised as a Christian but the transaction has to be made by yourself – you and God – at some point.
Actually ‘Soon’ has more than the Left Behind series, but I really believe less is more.
Gil Thorpe is a great diversion and is to book writing as poetry is to prose.